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Students build professional relationships, explore careers at SISD College, Career, & Job Expo

El Paso Police presenting at expo Presenters speaking about career opportunities Students informing about opportunities
Socorro Independent School District sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered for the fourth annual SISD College, Career and Job Expo recently at Montwood High School.

Dressed to impress, and with a resume on-hand, SISD students were able to explore numerous careers by networking with colleges, universities, businesses, industries, and military representatives. The annual event is part of SISD’s Operation College Bound to ensure students are prepared for college, careers, and life.

“The College, Career and Job Expo is a great and convenient event for our students,” said David Esparza, Career and Technical Education counselor. “Students were moving from table to table learning about colleges, careers and the endless opportunities in SISD, all under one roof.”

Students said they enjoyed having on-the-spot interviews for internships and summer jobs.

“I came here to look for jobs and explore what I want to do in my future,” said Sydney Michel, a junior at Montwood High School. “I’ve seen a lot of internship opportunities here and jobs with flexible hours. This event is nice because some people don’t put themselves out there, but since the jobs are coming to you, it makes it a lot easier for them.”

Like Michel, hundreds of other SISD students were able to receive advice from more than 50 business and industry professionals about the type of education they may need for a specific career or industry. Some of the employers at the event were El Paso Electric Company, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, Texas Tech School of Medicine, Applebees, Sonic, and Top Golf.

“Networking is a huge benefit for students,” said Denise Pinal, clinical assistant professor with the UTEP School of Pharmacy. “We are happy to be here so we can introduce students to the field of pharmacy and give them an overview of the different areas they can practice in.”

Another avenue of the event allowed participants to learn more about SISD’s advanced academic academies and career and technical education programs, which give students an opportunity to gain real-world experience, build up skills, and earn industry-recognized certifications while in high school.

“I’m here to give people more information about our welding program,” said Christopher Blanco, a junior at Americas High School. “There is never a dull moment in this course. It’s very technical, you become every skilled, and you also can get different certifications if you join. I highly recommend it.”

Published February 08, 2019
Strategic Direction: College and Career Readiness